Should we sleep and wake early to boost our health?

When a recent study looked at health differences between late and early risers, it appeared to make grim reading for night owls.

Increased risk of early death, psychological disorders and respiratory illness were the stark findings from the paper, which backed up other research suggesting late-nighters are more likely to suffer ill health.

But is being a night owl really bad for you and does it mean some of us should ditch the late nights and lie-ins to become more like morning larks?

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U.S. seniors dying from falls at a higher rate

Across the nation, the rate of deaths from falls among those 65 and older increased 31 percent from 2007 to 2016 — from about 18,000 to nearly 30,000, researchers found.

“If deaths from falls continue to increase at the same rate, the U.S. can expect 59,000 older adults will die because of a fall in 2030,” said lead researcher Elizabeth Burns. She’s a health scientist at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, which is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among adults aged 65 and older, she added. (more)

Falling can be caused by many factors:
* Internal factors such as slowed reflexes, balance disorders, low blood pressure, visual deficits, etc.
* External factors such as poor lighting, poor room layout, the effects of medications.

What can be done?
* Make an assessment of the risk you have by answering the questions below:
* Add up your score on a separate paper or print this.
* Read information listed at bottom of this page on prevention.

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SCORE:
0-5 = Low Risk
6-8= Moderate Risk
8+ = High Risk


Prevention:
* Tell your doctor about any falls you have taken.
* Talk with your doctor and pharmacist about medications you take.
* Inspect your home for any safety problems such as lighting, flooring, and furniture.
* Make your home safer by installing night lights, bathroom grab bars and slip-resistant floors.
* In addition to strength exercising certain exercises — yoga, tai chi, and trying to balance on one leg with your eyes closed — can help improve balance.

OTHER INFORMATION:
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
National Athletic Trainers’ Association
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Injury


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Do CPR to “Stayin’ Alive”

Do you know the proper way to give CPR chest compressions? Turns out timing is key.

And how can you best remember that timing during an emergency?

Sing “Stayin’ Alive” by the BeeGees.

…Dr. John Hafner of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria had 15 physicians and med students perform the 100-compression procedure (on mannequins) while listening to the Bee Gees classic “Stayin’ Alive.” As Hafner reports in the Journal of Emergency Medicine, their mean compression rate was an excellent 109.1. Five weeks later, they repeated the exercise while singing the song to themselves as a “musical memory aid.” Their mean rate increased to 113.2. The medical professionals reported that the “mental metronome” improved both “their technical ability and confidence in providing CPR.”

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Have you insured your retirement?

Most long term care funds come from life savings or retirement savings.

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Many times, people put sophisticated plans in place to pay for their lifestyle during retirement. These plans are designed to create an income stream to pay everyday living expenses. Unfortunately, many people fail to consider one significant expense – the cost of long-term care services.

With all the retirement planning options available today, it’s important to remember one thing … people need enough retirement income to cover their expenses. Using a long-term care insurance policy to help pay for long-term care services can be a smart way to make retirement income last longer.

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This strategy is well suited for:
People who want to make their retirement income last as long as possible.
People concerned about their retirement income running out and having to rely on Medicaid for their long-term care needs.
Couples who may have different care needs.

The Partnership Asset Protection program will provide protection against Medicaid spend-down requirements. You will have a better lifestyle with more money in the bank and you can pass on more to your heirs/beneficiaries.


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Alzheimer’s News & Resources

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Study strengthens evidence that cognitive activity can reduce dementia risk. – Harvard School of Public Health

Death rate from Alzheimer’s disease in the US has risen by 55%. – CNN

It’s predicted that the number of people worldwide living with dementia—about 46 million—will triple by 2050. But you’re hopeful that things will get better in the future. Why? – Harvard School of Public Health

3 lifestyle changes that may help guard against dementia. – CBS News

Pivot to Happy is in the business of helping people who have a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s navigate the journey.


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Older Americans Study

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Who will be taking care of you and do they know it?


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Posted in adult day care, Alzheimer's, caregiver, Dementia, home care, long term care, Long term care insurance, nursing home, skilled nursing | Tagged , , , ,

5 Long-Term Care Myths Debunked

Baby boomers are turning 65 at a pace of 10,000 people per day and while most baby boomers in their 60s are healthy, the majority of Americans will begin to suffer health problems once they get into their 70s. Because diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s disease strike later in life, most Americans will require long-term care at some point.

Let’s debunk some common myths about long-term care so that you can better prepare yourself for that eventuality.

No. 1: I won’t need long-term care

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